Green Iguana

Green Iguana, Belize

Green Iguana, Belize

Leaf-eater in paradise.

 

Photo credit:  Athena Alexander

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32 thoughts on “Green Iguana

    • This iguana was 2-3 feet long, not including the tail — sizeable! He was nestled in these shrubs alongside a slow-running creek on the outskirts of Belize City. I’m glad you enjoyed this beauty! Thanks so much for stopping by Amy~~ 😀 😀

  1. LOL at your vegetarian iguana who wouldn’t be caught dead eating a cheeseburger in paradise! Of course, I doubt Jimmy Buffett would munch on leaves, either…

    • Yes, BJ, they are native to South and Central America. The wild iguana population is starting to become “of concern,” because the iguanas are popular in the pet industry. They don’t make good pets, either, because they require a lot of light and heat. People who don’t want them as pets anymore release them in the wild, but that’s a problem because they are not native, as you mentioned, and become pests and threaten native species. Many thanks for your astute comment. 😀

    • It doesn’t look like it here, Frank, but this iguana was tucked in so deeply in the foliage that we didn’t even see it at first. We were with a guide, who pointed the iguana out; and then the guide was extremely patient while Athena waited quite a while for the iguana to emerge out of the foliage. Thanks so much for your comment. 😀

    • They are all over Belize, along with the spiny-tailed iguana, and a pure delight. Thanks for your comment today, RH…and for that terrific new word (“botheration”). 😀 😀

  2. I clicked on the photo to enlarge it and I was really astonished by the extraordinary appearance of this fabulous creature dear Jet!Its spiny crest and its scaly skin make it so very special!Athena has perfectly portrayed it,looks so happy in the leafage and it seems to enjoy the rich light too.Best wishes for the oncoming week my friend 🙂 ♥

    • We were very lucky to find him, he was deeply nestled in the trees. When our guide discovered that we wanted to see iguanas, he found them everywhere, and we never tired of it. 😀

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